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San Antonio Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard is making steady progress in his rehabilitation from right quadriceps tendinopathy and practiced with the team Friday for the first time this season — according to Jeff McDonald of MySanAntonio.com.
Leonard has played two sessions of five-on-five, going both halfcourt and full. The two-way star hasn’t played since Game 1 of the 2017 Western Conference Finals.
“Those are the last steps,” Popovich told reporters. “He’s starting to feel in a little bit better shape and feeling more confident. When he says, ‘I feel I can go,’ then he’s got to convince me. Because I’m going to err on the conservative side. We’ll see. He’s too valuable to bring back early.”
Leonard averaged 25.5 points, 3.5 assists and 5.8 rebounds per game last season and finished third in MVP voting behind Russell Westbrook and James Harden.
The Spurs (14-7) haven’t announced a specific target date for when they think Leonard will return, but all signs point to the swingman making his season debut soon.